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|Break the Silence – Tell the Truth About HAITI|
|Date||Thursday October 28|
|Time||4:30 PM - 5:30 PM|
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meet at Powell and Market, near Powell BART
March to Bush and Powell
Take Your ANGER to BUSH and POWELL
Protest the U.S.-Led Occupation of HAITI
Thursday, October 28, 2004
4:30 p.m. Gather at Powell & Market
5:00 p.m. March on Bush and Powell
BRING DRUMS, POTS AND PANS TO MAKE NOISE
The Haitian people steadfastly demand the return of President Jean Bertrand Aristide since the culmination of the U.S.-sponsored coup on February 29th. The U.S.-appointed Latortue government has responded by jailing hundreds of Lavalas supporters, including leading activists and several members of the former government. These political prisoners have been illegally detained for months in appalling conditions – none have been tried.
On September 30, tens of thousands of Lavalas supporters marched in Port-au-Prince & Cap-Haitian to mark the anniversary of the previous coup from 1991-4. Units from the National Police fired on these peaceful demonstrations while United Nations “peacekeepers” stood by and did nothing. The next morning, de facto Prime Minister Gerard Latortue boasted at a press conference: \"We opened fire on demonstrators; some of them have been killed, others injured, and still others fled.”
Two days later, three leaders of Lavalas were arrested at Radio Caraibe after criticizing the interim government on air. On Wednesday, October 13 authorities arrested and roughed-up Father Jean-Juste – a beloved priest, activist and pacifist -- while he served 600 hungry children in his parish. Hundreds more have been arrested and many dozens killed just in the past two weeks.
As of October 15, the tenth anniversary of Aristide’s return from the previous coup, the popular neighborhoods such as Cite Soleil and Bel Air are under siege by the police -- augmented by the hated former military, as well as U.N. troops.
While these deadly attacks continued, U.S. State Department chief-spokesman Richard Boucher absurdly blamed Lavalas supporters for this state-sponsored violence, calling on their movement to \"break with [its] legacy of violence and criminality.\" The message is clear: “Haitians no longer have human rights.”
The people of Haiti will not back down. They will defend their neighborhoods. They will not give up their demand to return to the constitutional, elected government under President Aristide.
The People of HAITI Need Your SOLIDARITY Now More Than Ever.
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